GardenDrumBill Mollison, ‘Father of Permaculture’, dies at 88

Bill Mollison. Photo Nicolás Boullosa

Bill Mollison. Photo Nicolás Boullosa

Bill Mollison, know around the world as the ‘Father of Permaculture’ has died, aged 88.

With co-author David Holmgren, Mollison wrote his ground breaking ‘Permaculture One’ in 1978 followed by Permaculture Two in 1979, pioneering a new way of approaching food growing which led to the formation of the Permaculture Institute in 1978.

Permaculture is a sustainable agricultural system that “combines architecture with biology, agriculture with forestry, and forestry with animal husbandry” to build self-reliant communities.

Over the following years Mollison added legal and financial strategies and business structure inputs to his system – saying:

“self reliance is meaningless unless people have access to land, information and financial resources.”

By 1981 Mollison was seeing the first graduates of his Permaculture Institute courses and over the following decades many tens of thousands of people all around the world have learned his permaculture approach to both food and ornamental gardening.

Introduction to Permaculture Bill Mollison

Introduction to Permaculture Bill Mollison

In 1991 Mollison published his brilliant ‘Introduction to Permaculture‘ in which he explained his theories in an approachable and practical way for all students. However he wasn’t just a writer and many people also learned from his inspirational lectures as he toured Australia, Africa and India.

Mollison was one of the first people to promote a more holistic way of looking at gardening, balancing inputs against outputs and advocating non-chemical ways of managing pests and diseases and promoting plant nutrition – ways of gardening that many of us now take for granted.

Bill Mollison – an Australian gardening legend

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